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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Series 62 Convertible, Aspen White
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
Yes, #29951
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
Yes

Michael Forte's Discussions

1963 Vent Window Handle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Jun 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm wrapping up my interior restoration (slight custom) and the last part I need for the doors are the vent window handles.  The ones I have are pitted so I need new ones and I'd like…Continue

Glove box script mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi All,Does anyone know where to get the barrel nuts (or whatever the original method is) to mount the glove box script?  I assume that's what holds it in place.  My car had a stick-on script when I…Continue

63 Convertible Top Switch and Escutcheon Needed

Started Mar 5, 2017 0 Replies

Looking for one with no pits on the escutcheon.Continue

63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 7, 2018. 2 Replies

Wanted: interior rub guard for a convertible.  Attaches to the rear-most edge of the quarter trim panel.  It's a small stainless piece with one screw attaching it.  See photo.  Need the right (pass)…Continue

 

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Welcome to my page!  I got my first Cadillac in 2015 - an Aspen White '63 Series 62 Convertible.  I'm here to learn from others and share what I've learned with my car, hoping to maintain the interest in these great American classics.

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Seat belt restoration

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 12:00am 4 Comments

During the process of a complete restoration (and color change) of my ‘63s interior during the winter of 2016, I replaced the aftermarket seatbelts that were in my car with restored original '64 buckles and retractors.  I had a terrific experience with Ssnake-Oyl Products out of Tyler Texas, so I thought I share the info. 

In my opinion, the '64 seat belt buckle with the Cadillac Crest is the coolest looking seat belt buckle ever put in a car.  Apparently, they're not easy to find in…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 18 Comments

What I enjoy most about old cars is that they can be restored to original condition, radically customized, or somewhere between those extremes, reflecting the owner's individual style.  For my '63 Convertible, I want to achieve a mostly original look, with minor custom touches to make it clean, smooth, and low.  This article is to share my experience in choosing and installing the suspension components to achieve a low stance and a comfortable ride.

I purchased my car in August of…

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Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am 8 Comments

Our old Cadillacs have a pretty simple electrical system using an externally regulated alternator to keep the battery charged and run the accessories while driving.  First appearing in 1963, the GM 10DN externally regulated alternator was a step up from the bulky generator used on the '62 and earlier.  But newer, internally regulated alternators are now available that can output three times the current in the same size package.  This article explains how I upgraded my charging system to a…

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Converting to R134a on my '63

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm 55 Comments

Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience converting my factory air system to 134a refrigerant, hoping it will save you time and money.  After I changed the parts, I got my system charged professionally and it works amazingly well, blowing ice cold at the vents.  Here's what I did:

I started with a call to Old Air Products (oldairproducts.com) from Texas.  I'm usually the guy who researches everything alone and then buys the parts online without ever interfacing with a human, but…

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"Hi Jeff, Wilwood doesn't have a kit for the 63/64 so I designed a set of brackets that adapt one of their C10 kits.  It was a LOT of work but the final brackets are billet aluminum and black powder coated and look exactly like something…"
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"That answers both my questions, Because I was going to ask you your wheel size and back spacing next!  Guess Ill ask 2 more wheel / tire questions and that should be it......seeing as you bought the car with the rims....do you feel there would…"
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"Hey Christian, sorry for the delay.  My car had 22's on it when I bought it and it still had the stock suspension, so no mods were necessary at all.  The wheels are 22x8.5 with a 5.5" back spacing.  Lug pattern is 5 on…"
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"Hey Mike, I just had a couple questions for you about the chopping block arms, and if there were any modifications you had to do to fit 22s on the car. Thanks for your time.  Christian"
Jan 9, 2020
Bob Willis commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Question how did you run air lines I put straight on front and 90* on rear did you drill on side or bag mount or out top . Just don’t see how 90* works . Also  I got ride height sensor’s like you . Where did you mount and how to…"
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At 5:20pm on November 5, 2020, Jeff S said…
Hi. How were you able to do Willwood brakes?
At 2:54pm on January 15, 2020, Christian Peterson said…

That answers both my questions, Because I was going to ask you your wheel size and back spacing next!  Guess Ill ask 2 more wheel / tire questions and that should be it......seeing as you bought the car with the rims....do you feel there would be room/clearance to possibly put a 22 x 9 or 22 x10. Just curious if you felt there would be room? Also for reference on your 22X8.5's what tire size are you currently running? I was looking at possibly 22X9's with 255 35 22 tires?  Your help and your input is greatly appreciated! 

At 8:29am on January 9, 2020, Christian Peterson said…

Hey Mike, I just had a couple questions for you about the chopping block arms, and if there were any modifications you had to do to fit 22s on the car. Thanks for your time. 

Christian

At 8:02am on October 18, 2015, Jason Edge said…

Welcome to the 63/64 Cadillac Website. 

This site is hosted by the CLC (Cadillac LaSalle Club) 1963/64 Cadillac Chapter. Joining the website is free to everyone, however, you must be a CLC member to join the chapter. 

- Click Here for more information on joining the CLC. 
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Be sure and check out all the links and pages and make yourself at home.  The Help Page at www.help.6364cadillac.com will have links to many useful articles and information about our Cadillacs. 

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Start up. 1st attempt

Started by Kim K Kaiser in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 5 hours ago. 21 Replies

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Classic Cadillac Parts For Sale - Misc Items

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 9 hours ago. 234 Replies

I have posted a few Misc items over on my Classic Cadillac Parts Facebook page at…Continue

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64 Horns

Started by John Inglesby in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge on Saturday. 1 Reply

I have 3 horns and the only one working is the bottom long one. The 2 round ones are not. I played around with the connections and they seem ok. I tried to check for power but not sure I was doing it…Continue

Compression test

Started by Michael Chomout in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Karl Schwarz on Friday. 8 Replies

Dear Gents, just had time to dova compression test on the 429 engine by warming up the engine and removed all plugs and went through cranking without pouring oil into the cylinder since I want to…Continue

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63 Trunk detail

Posted by Bob Pontius on April 8, 2021 at 3:07pm 1 Comment

Jason, I liked the detail and information you have provided. I would like to do mine similar to yours. Can you help? Do you have trunk material? OPGI is sending the trunk product for my 63 Fleetwood. But it does cover the entire trunk as yours was done. If you do not have can you give me a reference? Thanks!! Bob

Car lift and jack stands

Posted by Les Eastling on March 23, 2021 at 10:00am 4 Comments

I mentioned during the 63/64 chapter zoom meeting on 3/21 that we had installed a car lift in our garage. Someone asked what kind and I didn't have the info at hand, so here is a link to it and also a link to some tall jack stands we use to add more stability to the car and an additional safety factor. There is something about getting underneath one of these cars that makes me a little nervous! …

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Leaky Freeze Plug

Posted by Lee Martin on March 22, 2021 at 12:49pm 7 Comments

Just developed a significant leak coming from a freeze plug right over the starter.  Would this be considered a "cam plug" i.e. like Dorman 17616DS?  Our cars have multiple sizes of plugs on engine block and I want to get the right one.  Also, does anyone know how pricey this is for a shop to fix?  Thanks!

Balancer location

Posted by Kim K Kaiser on March 20, 2021 at 4:47pm 6 Comments

Readi g another thread. Does this look about right on balancer gap? Thats a 1/4 thick piece of metal.

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